Arkansas Crime

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

Attorneys for a man charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the death of a central Arkansas real estate agent have submitted written arguments to keep his statements and other evidence from being presented at trial.

Attorney Bill James submitted a written brief Monday asking a judge to suppress Arron Lewis' statements to investigators because he asked for an attorney. Lewis is charged with kidnapping and capital murder in the 2014 disappearance of Beverly Carter.

Little Rock police say a 6-year-old child has died and his aunt faces a manslaughter charge in his apparent accidental shooting.

Police spokesman Lt. Steve McClanahan said the Wednesday afternoon shooting appears to be accidental, but police are still investigating.

According to a police report, officers responding to a reported shooting found a woman standing near a car outside a home, crying and standing over the boy. The child had a gunshot wound to his face, and a handgun was nearby. The child died at a hospital.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

Attorneys for a man charged with killing a central Arkansas real estate agent have asked to suppress statements he made to investigators.

Arron Lewis is charged with capital murder and kidnapping in the death of Beverly Carter. He was in court for a hearing Monday.

Defense attorneys say Lewis didn't waive his right to an attorney and want statements he made to investigators suppressed, including a recording in which Lewis plays a voice memo of Carter telling her husband she's OK and not to call police.

James Clay
Delaware State Police

A Delaware man who was extradited to Arkansas over the weekend to face a murder charge will be held at the Jackson County Jail in Newport without bail.

68-year-old James Leon Clay of Georgetown, Delaware, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the 1967 shooting death of 27-year-old James Ricks of North Little Rock.

Clay appeared in Newport District Court for a bail hearing on Monday after an eight-month extradition process. He is scheduled to be arraigned before Jackson County Circuit Judge Harold Erwin in Newport on Dec. 17.

Arron Lewis
KATV, Channel 7 News

The man charged with killing a central Arkansas real estate agent is in court for a hearing less than two months before his case is to go to trial.

Arron Lewis is charged with capital murder and kidnapping for last year's killing of Beverly Carter. He's appearing in Pulaski County Circuit Court on Monday as lawyers argue motions ahead of the scheduled Jan. 12 trial.

Lewis' attorneys have made several requests, including to suppress messages found on a phone and to keep Lewis' wife from testifying against him.

Timothy Lamont Howard
Arkansas Times

The Arkansas Parole Board has unanimously denied a parole request from an inmate who has served more than 17 years in prison for a 1997 double slaying in south Arkansas.

Timothy Howard was originally convicted of capital murder and sentenced to death for the killings of Brian and Shannon Day. But the Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial to review new evidence in the case. He was convicted of the lesser charges of second-degree murder and sentenced to 38 years in prison.

Jo Nell Mallory
Saline Co. Sheriff's Office

A former Saline County chief deputy has been given probation after pleading guilty to a felony charge of abuse of public trust.

Jo Nell Mallory pleaded guilty Thursday in Saline County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 18 months of probation and ordered to pay $3,000 in restitution to the sheriff's office. The 62-year-old Mallory was accused of waiving a criminal fine in exchange for having new tile flooring installed in her home. She was also accused of taking money from telephone kiosks at the sheriff's office and the county jail.

Authorities say an Arkansas mother has been charged with child endangerment after giving her 10-month-old son bourbon in a bottle.

KATV-TV reports that 28-year-old Lori Sheppard told police she was trying to relieve her teething infant's pain.

Sheppard said she's already given him infant Tylenol and Motrin when her mother suggested she rub alcohol on his gums. Police say she later told investigators she put bourbon in the child's bottle.

Operation Delta Blues david resch chris thyer bill bryant
Matt Mershon / KATV, Channel 7 News

Federal prosecutors are accusing 39 people of drug, firearm and fraud offenses in Phillips County. State charges were lodged against eight people after a roundup at Helena-West Helena.

Investigations named Operation Delta Blues and Operation Plastic Castle targeted drug trafficking, violent crime and public corruption.

U.S. Attorney Chris Thyer said 300 law officers took part in a series of arrests Tuesday to combat violent drug traffickers in the Arkansas Delta. He said agents purchased "significant amounts" of crack cocaine during the operation.

Prairie County Clerk Arrested For Giving Inmate Cell Phone

Oct 28, 2015
Prairie County Circuit Clerk Vanessa Peters
Prairie County Sheriff's Office

The Prairie County Circuit Clerk  is facing charges for allegedly giving an Arkansas Department of Correction inmate a cell phone.

Vanessa Peters, 53, was arrested last week, charged with furnishing, possessing or using prohibited articles. Prairie County District Judge Jim Rhodes released Peters on her own recognizance on October 21, the same day she was arrested.